Energy label?, Number of covered, number of decibels? What are the criteria that must be analyzed to choose the device, which is more than just a machine, a precious ally, your dishwasher?

Consumption of dishwasher

Each model has an energy label should be consulted without fail, even if it is written in small print. The machines are classified from A (for cheaper) to G (for poor students). The A are more expensive but also has proved to be more profitable long term. Its power consumption is lower: in 220 wash cycles per year, about 4-5 per week, the electricity bill is reduced by 40%.

Good to know: 80% of the electricity used by a dishwasher is for heating the water, hence the importance of an appliance is properly classified and that save water.

The sound power

Too often we forget this aspect when shopping: launch a thunderous appliance several times a week is exhausting! The daily noise is not a detail. They figure in decibels and is specified on the energy label. In most appliances ranging between 45 and 60 dB. The choice will depend on its use: for a small apartment or a garage of a country house?

Good to know: The higher range is 39 dB. Caution, low-end machines become noisy with time!



It is also classified as A to G in the energy label. A good drying leaves no water marks on dishes. Some systems accelerate the traditional slap avoiding condensation of steam when opening the door.

Good to know: there is nothing more effective than a rinsing product quality, which will provide himself a good water evaporation.

Capacity of a dishwasher

It is absurd to pay a huge dishwasher 12 place settings if you’re single. A covered designates all parts used during a meal for one person. You must evaluate your needs and make a future projection for 4 or 5 years. A dishwasher than or equal to 12 place settings is conceived for an average family of 4-6 people. While 8 covered machine is ideal for a couple and that of 4-6 covered for a single person.

Good to know: What makes the difference? A sturdy and well compartmentalized tray to optimize the site and can accommodate pans and other dishes that you have no desire to hand wash.

The washing programs

It is essential to have multiple wash temperatures. If not, you can be the one to hand wash heavily soiled dishes or fragile glasses. The fork is on average 45 ° C to 65 ° C: 45-55 ° C for an economy wash (lightly soiled dishes), 55-65 ° C for a normal cycle and, if possible, 65-75 ° C for an intensive wash. The more sophisticated machines have sensors that estimate alone how dirty.

Good to know: The key interferometry up with in order to function “peak hours” or even the half load button, which also allows significant energy savings.

Maintaining the dishwasher

There is nothing more infuriating than a machine that quickly and stuck to malfunction as it “swallows” a piece of carrot. In order to avoid the worst: the water filter and drain pan must be self-cleaning and easily removable. Choose a stainless steel Cuba, very resistant to scratches, stains and odors. Or polypropylene, which permits better sound insulation and will not rust.

Good to know: electronic indicators of the levels of salt or rinse aid is welcome. They offer a simple and daily monitoring.